Tech of the week: power meters, groupsets, mergers and summer kit

Here's our round-up of what was big in tech in the last week, including a couple of big bike brands which are getting even bigger

It was a week for power meter announcements last week. The pros from Cylance women’s team debuted the RPM2, which measures power from inside your shoe – a boon if you ride more than one bike. Meanwhile Tempo announced a Kickstarter campaign to produce the world’s cheapest power meter with a target price of £200, while the Limits product suffered further delays in getting to market.

We also had a closer look video of Rotor’s new Uno hydraulic groupset and rounded up the rumours for new 2016 products from Shimano, SRAM and Campagnolo, while meanwhile SRAM has already announced the extension of its single ring technology to a lower price point with the release of Apex 1, which comes with hydraulic disc braking only.

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Giro’s shoes and helmets get a new owner

Meanwhile there were two large acquisitions announced in the cycling industry. At the beginning of the week Amer Sports the parent company of Mavic, announced that it was to buy Enve, most famous for its carbon components and wheels. And Vista Outdoor, which owns Bollé and Camelback, will buy a stable of brands including Giro, Bell and Blackburn for $400 million. A slightly less expensive acquisition was made by ski manufacturer Rossignol: it bought the Time bike and component brand for 1 Euro.

Rapha's new Core range brings a new lower price point to the brand

Rapha’s new Core range brings a new lower price point to the brand

With summer just around the corner – well, maybe – clothing brands are announcing their new ranges. Rapha has announced a new, more affordable range called Rapha Core, while dhb’s popular Blok clothing gets even brighter for 2016. And we also had ten pieces of kit advice to share with novice cyclists.

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